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Across God's FrontiersCatholic Sisters in the American West, 1850-1920$
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Anne M. Butler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835654

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837542_butler

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Conclusion: Nuns and Wests Melding

Conclusion: Nuns and Wests Melding

(p.303) Conclusion: Nuns and Wests Melding
Across God's Frontiers

Anne M. Butler

University of North Carolina Press

Nuns and sisters first entered into western regions as European immigrants and faced the same life-changing dramas as secular migrants. Because missions did not come with financial support from the church, Catholic sisters assumed responsibility for their own livelihood, aggressively seeking employment that would sustain them. The Catholic work of the West transformed once sedentary women into professional migrants who immersed themselves in the public worlds of the peoples for whom they worked. They put themselves inside the worlds of peoples of color, learned more about Western living, and considered what was needed to make their religious identity mesh with the West where they lived.

Keywords:   nuns, sisters, western regions, immigrants, migrants, Western living, religious identity, West

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